Chief’s arrest charges dropped

Marianne Gillespie
Steve Maurer

Mayor Troy Childers said he expects Maurer to go on unpaid leave later this week

Chillicothe Police Chief Steve Maurer did not have to attend a court hearing Wednesday at the Peoria County Courthouse after his arrest Sept. 1.

Maurer, 53, was arrested on charges of domestic battery and criminal trespass to a residence. Those charges were dropped recently.

“The elements of the offense were not met with regard to a compelling battery,” said Peoria County States Attorney Kevin Lyons after reviewing the reports and contacting the victim.

While Maurer has been on paid administrative leave since his arrest, Mayor Troy Childers Sr. said Maurer is expected to go on unpaid leave Friday for about five weeks.

Childers would only say that Maurer will be doing things he and the aldermen requested that he do.

Sgt. Rich Mark is still the acting chief while Maurer is gone.

According to a Peoria County Sheriff’s Department report, Maurer went to his estranged wife’s home Sept. 1 to talk and began arguing about their dog.

She allegedly told him to leave and went back into the house. As she shut the sliding glass door, Maurer caught it and opened it forcefully, according to the report. She was struck then by the door causing a minor abrasion to her wrist. She then told him to leave multiple times and he did after getting upset when she said she was calling 911. Police later found him at Blarney Castle in Rome and arrested him.

He told authorities he loved her and wanted to work things out. She told authorities he was becoming physically violent toward her and has a problem with alcohol.

Lyons said it appeared that in the retrieval of the dog during the incident, the sliding door’s mechanism broke and hit her wrist.

Also taken into account, Lyons said, was the victim’s wishes.

“Although we don’t use the victim’s decision as the final decision, it is a factor,” explained Lyons. “She did not express an interest in a pursuit of that or in impacting his job.”

Lyons said that after deciding not to file charges, he notified the city Oct. 4.

The city did its own investigation by hiring a private investigator, a retired judge, in mid-September to probe into the events.

Additionally, Maurer’s wife has an order of protection against him currently, which could affect his job, according to authorities.